If you no longer need a file or folder, you can delete it from your Dropbox account.
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To delete files or folders on dropbox.com:
- Sign in to dropbox.com.
- Click All files in the left sidebar.
- Click "…" (ellipsis) beside the file's name.
- Click Delete and then Delete again.
To delete files or folders on the desktop app:
The easiest way to delete a file or folder is to drag it from the Dropbox folder on your computer to your Recycle Bin or Trash.
How to permanently delete a file or folder
If you permanently delete a file or folder, you can't recover it later. Learn what happens to your permanently deleted files.
To permanently delete a file:
- Follow the instructions above to delete the desired file or folder.
- Click Deleted files in the left sidebar.
- Click the checkbox next to anything you want to permanently delete.
- Click Permanently delete and then Permanently delete again.
Note: If you’re on a Business team and don’t see Permanently delete, your admin may have disabled the ability to permanently delete files—contact your team admin for help.
Notes about permanent deletions
- If you’re a member of a shared folder, you can’t permanently delete content, except for content that you added and immediately deleted
- Only Dropbox Business admins can permanently delete team content that others have edited
- If other Dropbox users have a copy of the files that you permanently delete, their files won’t be deleted
- Deleted files don't count against your storage quota, so permanently deleting them won’t free up space